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Old 01-18-2005, 01:26 AM   #1
lil_becky
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Post subject: mount /dev/fd0 is not a valid block device


Hello. I would like to start by saying that I usually use Linux. But I don't consider
myself a Linux geek either, since I'm no administrator and only deal
with problems that appear on my home pc, on which I installed a SuSE
9.2. Also, I don't know too much of that hardware stuff that
administrators seem to know. But I've got this cute little laptop that
my dad gave me, it's an IBM Thinkpad 755 and it only has 20 MB of RAM and it's a 486 with a floppy drive, no cd-rom drive.

I figured I could try installing Debian with maybe, X window with a tiny wm. SO I've installed the base system of Debian (from the 20 floppy disks) on
my Thinkpad, and got the base system working with users and stuff. The next thing I would like to do is install oher packages but since I don't have them on the hard drive of the Thinkpad (and have no possibility of a network connection from that laptop, or a connection with another computer), i'm thinking of taking them from the floppies and putting them on the harddrive. But when I try mounting a floppy disk it says:

end_request: I/O error, dev 02:00 (floppy), sector 64
/dev/fd0: Input/output error
end_request: I/O error, dev 02:00 (floppy), sector 0
mount: /dev/fd0 is not a valid block device

Did I go wrong somewhere at the installation? Could someone explain me
what the error means? Since I did all the isntall using the floppy drive and the floppy is recognized by my SuSE 9.2 on my pc, could it really be a bad floppy or floppy drive?

Regards
Becky

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Old 01-18-2005, 07:14 AM   #2
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stupid question 1 is the floppy in your fstab?
stupid question 2 have you tried mounting the floppy as root and/or adding your user to the floppy group??
 
Old 01-18-2005, 11:40 AM   #3
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Yup, all those I done. I acutally managed to get it working by adding append="floppy=thinkpad" in the lilo.conf file. I thought this was strange but it definetly worked! Thank you for trying to help.

Becky

Last edited by lil_becky; 01-18-2005 at 11:49 AM.
 
Old 05-16-2008, 02:25 PM   #4
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Yup, all those I done. I acutally managed to get it working by adding append="floppy=thinkpad" in the lilo.conf file. I thought this was strange but it definetly worked! Thank you for trying to help.

Becky
I use Grub. Does that mean I have to reinstall the OS with Lilo
as boot thingy to view a floppy ?

Cheers
ratsarsed

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